Thaba Trails – Alberton

Is a 450 hectare nature reserve situated in Mulbarton in the south of Johannesburg. This is unlike other nature reserves where you would find most of the riding trail on the jeep track. Thaba trails takes you into the heart of the bush on tight winding single track, berms and switchbacks with the added privilege of viewing impala, blesbok, zebra, wildebeest, springbok, mongoose, dassies, cane rats, jackal and genet. The trail consists of three very well marked routes that start with the yellow which becomes the green route and the more experienced riders can attempt the blue loops that run off of the green. The blue loops are guaranteed to get your heart pounding with the loose rocky descents and steep climbs. Each rider gets a number board at the trail office where they also sell refreshments, energy bars and bicycle spares for those weekend emergencies.



Oi!! Stop and check out the 300 year old ruins on the Blue route.

One bottle of water or two?

Trails vary in distance from 7 km to 23 km.


How should I prep my bike?

Dry chain lube is recommended and tubeless tire pressure should be low for those tricky and rocky ascent while tubes should be kept at moderate pressures.


When can I ride?

Monday – Sunday: 06h30 – 17h00

Spares shop is open at weekends from 07h00 – 13h00


Small change or personal loan?

R40 per person.


Where do I park?

Safe and secure parking is available outside the coffee shop.


Do I need to find a bush?

No need, toilet facilities are available at the trail office.


Take me, quick and easy!

-26.30083        28.04889

S 26° 18.05’     E 28° 2.933’

S26° 18′ 03″    E28° 02′ 56″


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Trail specifics

Yellow route

Distance: 7 km
Difficulty: Easy
Terrain: Jeep track, single track, mostly flat with some climbing, suitable for children with geared bikes.

Green route

Distance: 15 km
Difficulty: Intermediate
Terrain: Jeep track, single track, mostly flat with some climbing, visible roots in forest areas.

Blue and Green route combined

Distance: 23 km
Difficulty: Hard
Terrain: Entertaining ascents and descents, rocky single track, visible roots in forest areas, switch backs.